Galway City East
Owen is the Social Democrats Councillor for Galway City East.
Pushing for a bold new vision for his native city, Owen brings a fresh and progressive voice to Galway City Council.
Owen has been involved in campaigning, activism, and community work for years.
With a background in human rights law, a passion for strong local government, and a radical belief in a social democratic republic for all, Owen is flying for the purple flag in Connacht to help realise a 21st century Ireland.
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21 hours ago
Stumbled upon filming in Pump Lane for what sounds like a German* TV show. Did get a fright for a second though before I saw the cameras ... See MoreSee Less
It's hardly another of the Jack Taylor books being filmed?
It’s a German crime drama! I’m an extra in some parts 😎
We just finished up another Council meeting today, after agreeing to meet up again at last weeks meeting.
We spent a large portion of our meeting tackling transportation in the city. It's been confirmed that 5 new cycling lanes will be coming to the East side of the city that will massively improve cycling in the area. A map below shows the five roads being targeted. More details will be coming but I will be arguing for the segregated lanes the East needs.
In our discussion I emphasised the need for consultation with public and the Council will be running a workshop in November where all are free to come in an talk about the city's transportation plans
I also seconded a motion calling on the council to produce a plan for a Salthill to Barna Greenway which passed with Councillors support.
We also received an update on Galway BusConnects that will see the bus network re-imagined to be more efficient. I emphasised the examples like the 409 that has seen service issues.
Today I was also elected to the Planning Committee and Environment, Climate Action, and Recreational/Amenity Committee. ... See MoreSee Less
Great work, thanks for sharing the details.
Fair play!before any cycle lanes, I really think a footpath should be built on the Monivea road, outside the warehouse gym, before someone is killed. Can this be raised with the council?
I love these updates. It gives us an idea of the inner workings of the council. And the decisions that are made and the effect it has on us.
Is that Galway Bus Connect a reduction in services?
We just finished our October meeting of the Joint Policing Committee where Councillors give input the local Gardaí on policing issues.
🎃 Our Halloween preparations will work across a range of departments to co-ordinate our between the Council, Gardaí, and the Fire Services (and we got the see the fire truck). Stay safe and have a fun Halloween.
⭐ I was elected at Vice-Chair of the Joint Policing Committee and look forward to working with Councillors, Gardaí, and Community Representatives on the JPC going forward
🚗During the Garda Report highlighted the scourge of illegal parking, particularly the need go address it within our city centre and pedestrianised areas.
I emphasised the need to decriminalise drug use instead targeting suppliers while offering drug users the supports and services they may need in terms of mental health and addiction.
🌈 I spoke about the need for hate crime legislation and asked local Gardaí how they handle hate crime with a vacuum of legislation.
🌃 We received an update on Galway's Alcohol Strategy attempting to reduce alcoholic misuse. I highlighted the need to look at a staggered closing time for bars and nightclubs as well as an overarching need to diversity our city's night culture. ... See MoreSee Less
On #VoteGate Taoiseach @LeoVaradkar suggests that if a member of the public voted twice or on behalf of someone else in a general election it would be deemed a crime #iestaff
Stumbled upon filming in Pump Lane for what sounds like a Scandinavian TV show. Did get a fright for a second though before I saw the cameras